Friday night defeat makes Saturday fixture all the more important

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Going into Friday's fixture with Portsmouth knowing that victory would see us go level on points with second place Cardiff, the Swans would have been looking to repeat the 2-0 scoreline that saw them knock Portsmouth out of the FA cup two seasons ago. 

With Stephen Dobbie once again finding himself warming the bench and with no sign of new recruit Easter, Craig Beattie was handed his third league start in as many weeks. It was not long before the centre forward made an impact, opening the scoring with just two minutes on the clock. 

The Swans dominated in the early exchanges and came close to doubling their lead on a number of occasions with Darren Pratley seeing his effort firing high over the cross bar and Nathan Dyer also coming close, the home side were not looking overawed in anyway by the newly demoted side, and should have been clear at the break.  

Not able to capitalise on the chances they created, Swansea ended the half level courtesy of a Nugent equaliser just minutes before the interval. 

The Swans tried to regain momentum after the re-start with some slick passing, but Portsmouth began to apply pressure and the Swans’ chances of taking something from the match were slashed after 64 minutes. 

Greg Halford was left unmarked inside the area and connected with a Liam Lawrence free kick to give Pompey a well deserved lead after showing their grit and experience to overturn the deficit and silence a packed Liberty crowd. 

It’s a trip to Ipswich up next for the Swans, and it’s vital we get something from the game to stay in touch with the leading two. 

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